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(03-02-2014, 06:28 PM)Fredledingue Wrote: JohnL
Too late. The article already said that the (french) governement was involved...

Fred, I was talking about the US. I don't have the right to try and get them to follow my beliefs. And they wouldn't anyway. The French are.............you know, the French, right? S13
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#22
(03-02-2014, 12:42 AM)Paul In Sweden Wrote: ...I am looking for a reference. It is in the back of my mind but I can pull no words from it.

...a student revolt in which the students, so dissatisfied with their instructors killed, tarred and feathered, stoned or defenestrated them. It could have been Greece BC but for some reason I am thinking Prussia, Austria or France during the Renaissance.

Does this student revolt regarding academic standards that I am trying to recall ring a bell with any of you?

I'm not sure about the defenestration, but the universities in Europe were run positively by instructors for their students for over 600 years, when the local politics made this natural relationship untenable, and the students began a "trade union" mentality at The University of Bologna in the thirteenth century.
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#23
(03-02-2014, 10:53 PM)WmLambert Wrote:
(03-02-2014, 12:42 AM)Paul In Sweden Wrote: ...I am looking for a reference. It is in the back of my mind but I can pull no words from it.

...a student revolt in which the students, so dissatisfied with their instructors killed, tarred and feathered, stoned or defenestrated them. It could have been Greece BC but for some reason I am thinking Prussia, Austria or France during the Renaissance.

Does this student revolt regarding academic standards that I am trying to recall ring a bell with any of you?

I'm not sure about the defenestration, but the universities in Europe were run positively by instructors for their students for over 600 years, when the local politics made this natural relationship untenable, and the students began a "trade union" mentality at The University of Bologna in the thirteenth century.

There was a particular event. It is in my head. It will crawl out and appear to me. When it does, I will post back here should it seem at that point applicable.
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#24
(03-02-2014, 06:28 PM)Fredledingue Wrote: Grizzly,
If the tank is full, and breaks sudenly, the sudden air jet could propel the car upward, dangerousely destabilizing the vehicle, perhaps toppling it.
I can't imagine a system intended to fuel a car with only a small amount of compressed air, so the air power in the tank must be enough to cause a crash if there is a hole in it.
Fred: first one must realize that you're looking at a cut-away example, so that the reader can see the technology; surely one wouldn't believe that the manufacturer would fail to place protection plates around not only the storage tank but the low pressure one as well. Secondly, in my opinion, one would might just as well worry over your gas tank that is on one's car. Third, let the market try it out (just as long as it is not subsidized like John says, because companies make enough in tax cuts to start with, so they can pick up the tab if it fails--it's called risk. S5 )
"The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations." `Thomas Jefferson

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#25
Quote:surely one wouldn't believe that the manufacturer would fail to place protection plates


hmmm.... Ford Pinto seems to come to my tongue... S6
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#26
(03-03-2014, 08:15 PM)Paul In Sweden Wrote:
Quote:surely one wouldn't believe that the manufacturer would fail to place protection plates


hmmm.... Ford Pinto seems to come to my tongue... S6
See? Just like I alluded to earlier:one would might just as well worry over your gas tank that is on one's car.
"The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations." `Thomas Jefferson

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#27
The Hybrid Air uses a petrol engine to drive an air-compressor to fill a tank which will then be utilized to move the vehicle through city streets with the intended benefit of limiting emissions while driving within the city while the air tank lasts. This to me seems little better than an EV battery car that uses coal power plants to charge.

Hey, I think Captain May had the right idea. BTW: Captain May's original plans were to use only two batteries in his EV!


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#28
New magnetic material could boost electronics
"The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations." `Thomas Jefferson

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#29
(03-06-2014, 05:44 PM)Grizzly Wrote: New magnetic material could boost electronics

I'm trying to think of its future use in hard drives, but it seems that solid state HDs are most likely going to be the drives of the future, once the prices come down considerably.

But I'll bet you it will work on a lot of other things. I'm just wondering what type of material is it composed of. They didn't state that.
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#30
LED lighting science is taking another step forward; LED lamps: Less energy, more light.

Quote:LEDs are durable and save energy. Now researchers have found a way to make LED lamps even more compact while supplying more light than commercially available models. The key to success: transistors made of the semiconductor material gallium nitride.

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#31
That looks cool!

Interesting that they use gallium nitride. Will they still use gallium arsenide in the LEDs themselves?

Will they use that new technology with flashlights, too?
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#32
And now for the latest Common Sense 101 story: Survey: More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use. And don't get me wrong here, I am not for the feds coming up with more laws, curtailing my Liberties. It should be a personal responsibility thing.

The problem as I see it is the lack of 'Situational Awareness'. Add that to those who have trouble chewing gum and walking at the same time, and this selective retardation is there in spades. And I see it all the time, when I am driving. I'm sitting at the light, and it turns green, but the driver at the head of the line is still not beginning to remove foot from brake. It takes a good five seconds for it to register in their brain that the light really has changed, so they cross over, not caring that the light has turned yellow and drivers behind them are ready to pull out their guns and put the front driver out of their misery. And those lucky enough to make it through the light change can look over and see Mr/Miss Doffus still yacking his/her head off.

The interesting thing is that if one in four accidents are caused by yacking on the cellphone, we are very lucky to have so many other drivers looking out for those idiots unable to do two things at once, AND be situationally unaware of their surroundings.
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#33
Would you say that all those folks yakking on cellphones while driving who have so many accidents, are experiencing a sort of poetic justice? Is there a Darwin Award category for largest number of candidates?
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#34
I agree with John on the need for situational awareness. Driving, walking, pushing shopping carts - there are folks who need guide dogs
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#35
Well, if you leave things like this up to personal responsibility, much of the time the average person will fuck it up. This has become obvious to me in the last few years.

I love the ban on cell phones while driving around here, and enjoy seeing people get pulled over for being on a phone while on the road.
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(04-03-2014, 03:39 AM)Gunnen4u Wrote: Well, if you leave things like this up to personal responsibility, much of the time the average person will fuck it up. This has become obvious to me in the last few years.

I love the ban on cell phones while driving around here, and enjoy seeing people get pulled over for being on a phone while on the road.

I wish they would stop with the silliness of nanny little whim du jours and just enforce the laws that say pull over the drivers that are causing a hazard. That would include all actions that result in unsafe driving. Focusing on one thing takes away from general safety enforcement.
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(04-03-2014, 03:39 AM)Gunnen4u Wrote: Well, if you leave things like this up to personal responsibility, much of the time the average person will fuck it up. This has become obvious to me in the last few years.

I love the ban on cell phones while driving around here, and enjoy seeing people get pulled over for being on a phone while on the road.

So, what are you going to do about this kind of driver?



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(04-03-2014, 01:18 PM)John L Wrote:
(04-03-2014, 03:39 AM)Gunnen4u Wrote: Well, if you leave things like this up to personal responsibility, much of the time the average person will fuck it up. This has become obvious to me in the last few years.

I love the ban on cell phones while driving around here, and enjoy seeing people get pulled over for being on a phone while on the road.

So, what are you going to do about this kind of driver?




Well John, after watching that video the first thing would be to offer the driver counseling as he could not avoid hitting the woman that was looking in the opposite direction of the flow of traffic and with one careless movement went from stairway to roadway onto the hood of his car.
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#39
Paul, actually I was referring to the woman, driving herself around on her own two legs. I was wondering what kind of laws to impose on these types of people.

And here's another thing. Do you remember those two videos showing how so many people in Russia were scamming innocent drivers? Its a great way to get the insurance companies to pay out large sums for faking severe injury. If you look at that woman closely, she just happens to be in the perfect position so as to be struck with the least amount of injury.

Its probably not. But its just a thought anyway.
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#40
The Darwin Awards kind of take care of that kind of idiocy.

What concerns me are those who wear blinders with no idea of how everyone around them must compensate to navigate around them. Darwin Awards doesn't it make it down to the stupid shopper who leaves a shopping cart in the middle of an aisle while looking somewhere else, or the parking lot klutz who leaves a shopping cart in your way, or aimed at your car for when the wind decides to ram it into you.

A simple thing like where to focus your eyesight when you walk would work wonders. I teach it on the sports field- why not teach it everywhere?
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